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Cati De Los Rios

Cati De Los Rios

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Education
2107 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-5582

Research Areas

  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Translanguaging Literacies
  • Bi/Multilingual Youths' Multimodal Literacies
  • Secondary Ethnic Studies
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Youth Community Engagement
  • Grassroots Community Partnerships


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, Teachers College
  • M. Phil., Columbia University, Teachers College
  • M.T.S., Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School
  • Teaching Credential, Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University


Cati V. de los Ríos is an Assistant Professor in the Education, Society  and Culture Program in the Graduate School of Education at University  of California, Riverside. She is a former high school teacher in Pomona   Unified School District and Boston Public Schools, and teacher educator in   New York City, New York and Oakland, California. Her research spans a  number of phenomena, including Chicanx and Latinx adolescents’ critical and  close readings of corridos, Chicanx and Latinx youth's multimodal and  translingual literacies, youth community organizing, and the civic literacy  practices extant in secondary Ethnic Studies classrooms. Her teaching and  scholarship are informed by Ethnic Studies frameworks and sociocultural and  critical theories of language and literacy. 

de los Ríos has been published in academic journals like Reading Research  Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Adolescent &   Adult Literacy, and Race and Social Problems.  She is a former Cultivating   New Voices (CNV) Fellow with NCTE, and in 2016, she was selected for   dissertation fellowships from both the Ford Foundation and National  Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. In 2017, she was awarded the Jean  Anyon Award from AERA's special interest group Grassroots Community and  Youth  Organizing for Education Reform. In 2018, de los Ríos won two  Outstanding Dissertation Awards from American Educational Research  Association's special interest groups Critical Educators for Social Justice  and Hispanic/Latinx Research. 

As a community-engaged scholar and former high school Ethnic Studies  teacher, she  has over a decade of community organizing for K-12 Ethnic  Studies efforts nationwide. Since 2012, she has been an integral organizer  of the West  Coast Ethnic Studies Summits & Assemblies (sponsored  by Education for Liberation Network). Furthermore, she has worked closely  with grassroots teacher activist groups like People’s Educational Movement,  New York Collective of Radical Educators and Education for Liberation  Network where she was one of the grassroots regional co-organizers of the  biennial national conference Free Minds Free People in Oakland, CA. 


Selected Publications

  • de los Ríos, C.V. (forthcoming). Bilingual Vine making: Problematizing oppressive discourses in a secondary Chicanx/Latinx studies course. Learning, Media and Technology.

  • Seltzer, K., & *de los Ríos, C.V.* (forthcoming).Translating theory into practice: Exploring teachers' raciolinguistic literacies in secondary English Classrooms. English Education.

  • de los Ríos, C.V. (2017). Toward a corridista consciousness: Learning from one transnational youth’s critical reading, writing, and performance of Mexican corridos. Reading Research Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/rrq.210

  • de los Ríos, C.V., & Seltzer, K. (2017). Translanguaging, coloniality and English classrooms: An exploration of two bicoastal urban classrooms. Research in the Teaching of English, 52(1), 55-76.

  • de los Ríos, C.V. (2017). Picturing ethnic studies: Photovoice and youth literacies of social action. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jaal.631

  • de los Ríos, C.V. (2016). Writing from La Panza!: Exploring monologue literacies with emergent bilinguals. English Journal, 105(5), 75-80.

  • de los Ríos, C.V., López, J., & Morrell, E. (2015). Toward a critical pedagogy of race: Ethnic studies and literacies of power in high school classrooms. Race and Social Problems, 7(1), 84-96.

  • de los Ríos, C.V. (2013). A curriculum of the borderlands: High school Chicana/o-Latina/o studies as sitios y lenguas. The Urban Review, (45)1, 58-73.

  • de los Ríos, C.V., & Ochoa, G.L. (2012). The people united, shall never be divided: Reflections on collaboration, community, and change. Journal of Latinos and Education, 11(4), 271-279.


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